Barry E. Snyder, Sr. Passes Away at 79

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Barry E. Snyder, Sr., Influential Seneca Nation Leader, Passes Away at 79

Cattaraugus Territory (Irving, NY) – Barry E. Snyder, Sr., a visionary, respected and influential business and political leader of the Seneca Nation of Indians, passed away today after a brief illness. He was 79.

Snyder wielded significant influence in Seneca Nation affairs for more than half a century, during which time he served five terms as Seneca Nation President, and was also elected to serve as the Treasurer and as a member of the Seneca Nation Council.

“Barry served our Nation during our time, but he will deservedly be looked upon as a leader for all times,” said Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong, Sr., a longtime friend and associate of Snyder’s. “Throughout his life and through his service, Barry elevated the Seneca Nation and the Seneca people. As President, he touched every facet of life on our territories.”